REU in Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Science
Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The 2019 REU Program has ended (a picture of our students at their poster presentations is below). Return in the Fall for information about the 2020 program!
2019 REU cohort. Back row: Isiaha Price, Charles Davis; Front row: Drew Seiler, Rebecca Davenport, Rachel Nelson, Alex Jonguitud, Carolina Pacheco Diaz, Ari Szubryt, Amanda Pope (not pictured: Mandi O'Grady)
The focus of this REU is training in evolutionary science, with students working on research projects across several disciplines. Three academic departments at the University of Iowa - Biology, Anthropology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences) will collaborate with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to offer research projects that span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. Study organisms span a large range of taxa, and include: crocodiles, insects, snails, fungi, human cancer cells, frogs, and conodonts. Students will work on one project and through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students will: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Housing, a meal allowance, stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.
Mentors and Project Areas (click on links to learn more about each mentor and their research programs)
Dr. Chris Brochu - Evolution and systematics of the Crocodylia
Dr. Bradley Cramer - Occlusion and wear patterns in the feeding apparatus of conodonts
Dr. Jan Fassler - Evolutionary history and molecular mechanisms of long distance activation in fungi
Dr. Andrew Forbes - Adaptive evolution of insect body coloration
Dr. Robert Franciscus - Morphology and behavior in early modern humans
Dr. Bin He - Evolution of a stress-responsive transcription factor protein in a commensal yeast
Dr. Steve Hendrix - Wild bee community composition in fragmented landscapes
Dr. Douglas Houston - Molecular evolution and function of germ plasm genes in vertebrates
Dr. Drew Kitchen - Emergence and evolutionary rates in viruses
Dr. Mary Kosloski - Predation and the evolution of snail shape
Dr. John Logsdon - Molecular evolution of sex and meiosis
Dr. Bryant McAllister - Interplay between sex and evironment on chromosome form
Dr. Maurine Neiman - Evolution of sex in nature
Dr. Christopher Stipp - Evolution of tumor heterogeneity
- be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled at US Universities
- be majoring in a STEM field (especially Biology, Anthropology, or Geoscience with a Paleontology emphasis)
- be rising juniors or rising seniors
- be available to attend the entirety of the program (May 20th - July 26th, 2019)
- have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- have a strong background in science coursework. Coursework that connects directly to topics in evolution will be favored.
- have a strong work ethic and motivation to learn
- have an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research
- identify two to three potential research mentors from the list above.
- Students from underrepresented minority groups and who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply
INTERESTED? ... Apply Here (deadline: March 15th, 2019)
Funded by the National Science Foundation - Grant #15248700